Tri Tip Smoke Times

Discussion in 'Beef' started by lodestar, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. lodestar

    lodestar Newbie


    I have a question regarding smoking times.  I'm planning to smoke about 25lbs of tri tip in my 18" camp chef smoke vault (looks like a rectangular vault), they are roughly 4 pieces of 6lbs. or so each.  The temp will be roughly 225.  Can anyone give me just a ball park of what I can expect in terms of cooking time?  Its hard for me to imagine its the same time as one piece at 6 lbs.

    I'd like it to reach about 140.  If its been addressed on another thread, my bad, I can't seem to find it.

  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I've only done one tri tip so I'm not a good judge of time on them so I'll let one of the more seasoned tri tip cookers chime in on that. But the general  rule of thumb that I have found is that when you add more meat to the chamber is usually takes a bit longer but it doesn't double the time or anything like that. For me I will normally just figure out how long I  think it's going to take and then if I have multiple pieces in there I  might add a little more time. But as you already probably know you just have to trust your temp probes and pull them off when they say  the internal temp  is correct.
  3. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sear it on a hot grill then cook it at 280°-300°( or higher if your smoker will get there) until the internal temp hits 135°, this cut of meat should be cooked like a steak IMHO.
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2012
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I do 2-3 of these a month and love them smoked. th 2-3 # ones take around 11/2- 2 hours to get to 132-133 and wrap them in foil and into a towel and let them rest for about 30 minutes

    If you need a good rub for them send me a PM.  I am going to be driving most of the day tomorrow so if I don't answer that is why
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2012
  5. Most of the ones that I have done have averaged around 2-2.5 hours depending on cook temp.  All I put on mine are SPOG...salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder.

    also depends on what temp you are taking them to.
  6. I love tri tips...I take mine to an IT of about 130 and then do a reverse sear on a 500* grill. I found like most here it takes about 1.5-2hrs.

    Hope that helps.

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